SPYL plot mystery
July 14, 2015, 7:18am
SPYL plot mystery
By Shinovene Immanuel
THE Swapo Party Youth League has been in the dark over its ownership of a controversial land worth about N$70 million in Windhoek.
SPYL secretary for economic affairs Imms Nashinge confirmed yesterday that the youth wing only got documents about the ownership of 50 hectares in Cimbebasia last week after The Namibian had run a story about the land.
Even though the SPYL leadership is maintaining, at least in the public, that they have the grip on the plot, events elsewhere in the deal paints a different picture.
Sources in the youth wing said the current leadership does not have the first agreement signed between the company owned by the league's Donor Investments that partnered the Science and Development Group owned by Elias Shanyengana.
The land was sold to the Youth Development Initiative Trust, which is 70% owned by SPYL, while Shanyengana, the son of a senior official in the vice presidency, Mukwaita Shanyengana, owns 30%.
The lack of clear information about the deal has angered some youth leaders in the ruling party who suspect foul play in the deal which was rushed through last year.
Adding to the suspicions is the fact that the initial application for the land was through a consortium of a Swapo youth-owned company and a company owned by Shanyengana.
The 50 hectares is now registered under a trust which was formed without full consultation with the SPYL who are supposedly the majority shareholder.
Even though Nashinge said they got the documents about the ownership, the youth leader insisted that he does not have information regarding the trust nor was he consulted over the deal that was signed in October last year.
“I don't know what the trust is all about or why it was created. We will consult but what is certain is that we are not sleeping on the issue,” he said.
The trust was formed last year but Nashinge was not involved in the deal nor the setting up of the trust. Sidelining Nashinge, as the SPYL economic secretary, raises red flags why he was left out of the deal being portrayed as an SPYL baby.
Nashinge has blamed the municipality for refusing to give him documentation on the deal since there were senior officials who allegedly wanted to wrestle the land from the youth league. Veikko Nekundi, the SPYL deputy secretary who is now a parliamentarian, was in charge of the economic portfolio when they applied for the land in 2008.
The Namibian has been informed that Nashinge persistently asked Nekundi to hand over to him critical documents on the shareholding of the plot since he was now in charge of the economic portfolio of the youth wing.
Nekundi allegedly told Nashinge that he did not know where the documents were.
Nekundi admitted that he was involved in the application for the land but does not have any interest in it now. 'Zero', he said.
Nekundi refused to comment on allegations that he refused to give Nashinge the land agreement. “I don't discuss party members in public,” he said.
SPYL partner Shanyengana said there was nothing fishy about the deal and that he consulted the youth wing leaders, even though he could not specify who. He said he had decided to form a trust because he was informed by the municipality that their entity should be a legal body.
According to Shanyengana, he decided to form the trust which will not only accommodate the land deal but will also serve as a basket for concessions such as fishing and other youth partnerships.
SPYL secretary Elijah Ngurare yesterday said the league owns the 70% of the plot and that the process of consultations in putting the land deal into the trust was done through his office. He said he did not go into the details of what the benefits of the trust would be. The issue of the plot comes about a month after The Namibian reported that a municipal document shows how land acquired by a SPYL firm is partly illegal because the company got 50 hectares - which is 20 hectares more than the initially agreed size of the plot by the council.
The 50 hectares sold to SPYL can accommodate over 1 600 stand-alone erven of 300 square metres that can be sold for N$280 000 each.
A municipal legal opinion obtained this year said part of the agreement - signed last year by former municipality chief executive Niilo Taapopi and chair of the management committee Moses Shiikwa and the the youth league - was signed unprocedurally.